Vocal cord surgery / Phonomicrosurgery

What is phonomicrosurgery?

Phonomicrosurgery is a variety of surgery procedures that are performed with the goal of improving voice quality. It is a highly specialised procedure that uses microsurgical instruments under a microscope to visualise the vocal cords.


Why is it performed?

Phonomicrosurgery is performed to treat a variety of vocal cord disorders such as polps, cysts, Reinke’s oedema and nodules which may be affecting voice quality.


How should I prepare for the procedure?

Phonomicrosurgery is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 


What can I expect after the surgery?

After the surgery you will be monitored on the ward for a few hours before discharge usually on the same day. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure.  It is often important to rest the voice for 48-72 hours after the procedure to allow for the vocal cords to heal.